currently | april 2017

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reading All The Light We Cannot See - it's beautiful; Timothy Keller's Generous Justice, Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner and 40 Days of Decrease by Alicia Britt Chloe; but, I'm sure by the time I hit publish on this post I will have picked up another book to add to what I'm already reading. It's all in how my mood is playing out.

eating Salad's in a Jar. I built three salads in a quart-sized mason jar and packed them in the refrigerator for a grab-and-go lunch. If that third jar lasts I'll attempt four jars next week; plus, I need to prep more ingredients: hard-boiled eggs, bacon bits, hot house cucumbers, sliced Farmer's market radishes, crumbled Bleu cheese or Feta - yum!

studying the book of John, verse by verse. I've printed out each chapter, made wide the margins, triple-spaced the text leaving tons of room for note-taking. Along with the book 40 Days of Decrease it is my Lenten study.

looking for a summer-weight quilt for our bed. In blue and white, of course. I have my eye on this one. With our hurricane fan on continuously now, the sheet and very lightweight blanket sometimes just isn't enough in the early morning hours before I wake, and our current quilt (spread) and all of our quilts are heavier.

filling my Amazon cart with the latest book finds: The Life You've Always Wanted by John Ortberg, Love, Loss, & What We Ate, a Memoir by Padma Laksmi and Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man by Fannie Flagg, just to name a few.

hoping to finish decorating our bedroom by the end of April or middle of May. I know. Get it done already!

loving all the grandchildren photos lately. Thank you, especially, Elizabeth for posting yours - sending kisses.

waiting anxiously for Ashley, Brad, and the boys moving closer to within a three hours drive....and our regular time together, and grandmotherly joys, and reading aloud again, and kid snuggles, and laughter out loud till my stomach hurts, and family games, and clothes shopping excursions, and, and...

watching Limitless, a pretty cool show. And then I find out it was cancelled after one season. Nuts! Still plowing through Blue Bloods and we've jumped into CSI: NY. Then, my daughter Ashley suggested Last Man Standing. Pause for effect: rolling on the floor laughing. Even Jeff, was laughing out loud. He usually only smirks:)

feeling discouraged because it hurts to walk and I need to walk. Like I'm lifting cement blocks with each step kind of hurting. I know it is muscle atrophy and the only way to combat it is too walk.

satisfiying my soul right now is my study of the book of John, reading, scrapbooking, my giving project, and acts of service. Without these I would be crying in sadness. Those things are breathing life into me. Our pastor last Sunday asked us ten yes or no questions about having community and connection and were they in our lives. Sadly, and it just made me cry, I answered no to each one. Yes, I need to do something about it, but in truth, I don't know where to start.

planning a couple projects: I started the #100days project (I'll be sharing more later), making homemade vanilla, framing and hanging some photos, purging some clothes, organizing bathroom cabinets/closet

coveting this, these, and this.

needing physical body pain relief, emotional pain relief, and spiritual renewal. 

 


currently | february 2017

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crawling this month. With Jeff off his feet from surgery on his toe, and my pain levels high; cold to hot, hot to cold rheumatoid arthritis plaguing my body running rampant. Like on Saturday when we were out shopping and there I am bee-boppin' into the store and wham! Just like that! My hips exploded in pain and swelling and I could barely walk; literally, had to shuffle to even move. And then the cold/flu, too - kicking my butt - since I think it may have turned to bronchitis.

considering going back to school for a master's in meteorology. discussed it with Jeff. He's okay with it if I save for the classes. It's just that I caught the bug for teaching when I taught meteorology to high school students. I wouldn't mind teaching college-age meteorology, physical science, environmental science, oceanography, etc. Can't do that with a masters in business administration. I need to define, or refine, my goal, before I commit to a year and a half of college. Going to have to stick this one at the top of the prayer list for careful consideration. There is such uncertainty with my present job situation and teaching college is something I'm positive I would enjoy.

reading plenty. Averaging two books a week and at that rate I'll read over 100 books in 2017. I've figured out what happens. I'll read a fiction novel and then I'll read a couple non-fiction books. I think it is because I prefer non-fiction over fiction. Unless, of course, J.D. Robb has a new book out. Then it doesn't matter what I've read last. I picked up her latest, Echoes in Death, and toot-sweet, finished that baby pretty-darned quick. I'm currently reading The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva, Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin (in preparation for Lent), and In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (this one is on my nightstand so I'm only getting snippets of it some nights before my eyes close), Chasing Slow by Erin Loechner, Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas and The Innocent by David Baldacci.

struggling to find my scrapbooking process, flow, groove - of picture taking and journal keeping. I know if I'm going to continue Project Life, even though I'm okay with the now of Project Life, but if I'm going to continue it throughout the rest of the year I'm going to have to take more pictures, document more stories during the week. Otherwise, it will be same 'ole, same 'ole. That is okay for awhile, but not forever. I've read from other pseudo-empty nesters who have experienced similar scrapbooking woes. I say pseudo because the boys still live with us but because they work their lives have pretty much become their own. The four of us are rarely, these days, together.

missing - the four of us. Being together, doing stuff, having fun.

studying Believing God by Beth Moore. It's good. So good! But, I'm planning on participating in an online Lenten study where I'll be studying the book of John so I'm doing a bit of preparation.

getting the all clear from the doctor after getting his stitches removed to wear his walking boot, Jeff is heading back to work this week, part time; he's also putting together a plan for a side job for a friend. It'll keep him busy for several weeks and beyond.

listening to Lauren Daigle's Come Alive (Dry Bones), Zack Williams Chain Breaker (after singing it in church), Hillary Scott's Thy Will, and Ryan Stevenson's In the Eye of the Storm. Loving still, when they come on the radio: Danny Gokey's There's Hope in Front of Me, Tell Your Heart to Beat Again, and More Than You Think I Am and Gordon Feliz', The River.

looking for some art work for our bedroom. Once the bookshelves are up on the walls, art will be the last piece of the decorating puzzle I think. Other than cleaning...and keeping it clean.

watching Season 13 of NCIS. It's been a couple years since we've watched this show on prime time television. Life happens. So, I thought we'd catch up. Of course, Season 14 isn't on Netflix, yet.

giving, as part of my 52 Weeks of Giving project, is on my mind all the time. I'm always on the look out for another way to give. I recently made a set of birth statistics for a friend and framed them; I'm helping another friend put together Mother's Day gift baskets for the refugee women in our city. This project, nourishing [my One Little Word] nourishing a heart of giving, is changing me from the inside - out.


Currently | January

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needing more book shelves for my home. I have acquired so many books and still more are on my wish list in Amazon that I am...no, I have run out of room on our bookshelves. Considering some wall shelving above our dresser in our bedroom.

eyeballing some art work to add to our bedroom and get me closer to a design finish. This one definitely has my eye. But, still contemplating others from my Pinterest Bedroom board. Can you guess what color our bedroom is?

participating in Ali Edwards' One Little Word class and loving it. Rather than stressing over the class I'm truly taking it in, taking my time, and internalizing my word, Nourish, for 2017. Attempting to make my word alive and active in my life.

nourishing a heart of gratitude and giving, sometimes daily, oftentimes daily, but at least weekly. I've prepared meals, gifted homemade cinnamon rolls, a special gift to my husband, handmade a blanket, put together a couple bags of food for those in need (and the month isn't over yet)...and the gratitude...it's keeping me grounded in contentment and joy.

swimming. Yep, I made it to the pool last week and I'm heading to the pool on Friday. Beyond excited to be back in the pool.

reading The Martian by Andy Weir

anticipating J.D. Robb's latest In Death novel coming out in February.

writing a new blog series titled ON SAVANNAH. Each short (some, very short) essay will be on Savannah; what to see, what to do, where to eat, what to visit, and why, etc...It is my perspective, what I have enjoyed about Savannah. The first post should be up sometime this month.

finishing up the last week of my current Bible study by Beth Moore, Entrusted. While I have enjoyed the study and have applied several actions to my life it hasn't been as good as some of her other studies. There are a couple of her studies I've missed taking as I consider what's next. Such as Believing God - or maybe this time around I'll try someone else altogether. Dallas Williard writes in The Spirit of the Disciplines that  Bible study (and other disciplines) have little effect for soul transformation without it being accompanied by lengthy solitude, silence, and rest [for listening for God to speak, for reflection, for application], we must choose this discipline in the first place for there to be any chance at having God's attention (all paraphrased and my understanding).

starting a 2017 Our Life album. I thought I would be able to combine 2016 and 2017 together as I had significantly changed how I was documenting our lives in 2016. But as I was putting the last pages in our album from my recent Persnickety Prints order, I found I would not have room for 2017 pages. I already have an album(s) on hand, another teal/turquoise We R Memories 12 x 12 album, but I have very few page protectors, so I will need to stock up.

watching the last seasons of The West Wing (loving it so) and re-watching Stargate: Atlantis. Castle, the last season, is in there too - but we rarely have time to watch it (as Jeff and I are watching this together). Not sure what I'm going to watch next. I tried the first Episode of Mad Men and - blah - even though it had rave reviews. I've never watched Friends, or The Sopranos but not sure they're worth my time. I'm waiting on the next seasons of The Blacklist, Madam Secretary, Blue Bloods, and Longmire to come to Netflix or DVD.

loving my new do.

hoping to formulate a formal list of what I'm hoping to read this year. I have so many books on my bookshelves and desire so many more as I regularly add books to my beautiful - evil - Amazon cart. 

 


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woefully battling various painful aches: toothaches, thankfully not continuous, but life-debilitating and needing a couple teeth extracted - yuk; back pain that translates to hip and leg and makes walking difficult.

reading The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp - oh my! I am also reading Voskamp's The Greatest Gift for my Advent devotional - beautiful. I'm also reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingslover and - yeah - The Christmas Carol.

watching Blue Bloods Season 6 with Jeff; and new-to-me, The West Wing - both very good. The Blacklist Season 3 and Castle Season 7

scrapping my December Daily album. It is all digital and while I'm not staying on track and keeping up I'm not far behind either.

served in The Journey - our church's amazing interactive, outdoor, Christmas production. A production that requires over 1000 volunteers on any given night. For two- 5 day stretches we tell the Christmas story to Bethlehem. I worked at the Special Needs table checking in those who need to ride in golf carts who can not make the 1-1/2 hour journey to Bethlehem on foot. It has been a pleasure. Jeff was Roman cavalry, dressed in Roman centurion garb and riding a very big horse. John and Jarrod were Roman centurion's scattered throughout Bethlehem.

anticipating our small groups Christmas party and White Elephant exchange. My gift will definitely NOT be the white elephant. I am hand-making a tie-blanket with fabric Jeff and I picked up from Joann's fabric store.

needing to finish Christmas decorating and planning my cookie making schedule. Speaking of cookies...

longing for Cherry Walnut Bars, Pecan Tassie's, Butterscotch Brownies, and Brownies in a Jiffy - for just a few.

wearing soft, warm, fuzzy socks at home pretty much everyday.

listening to my grandson Ian talk to me on FaceTime. I love talking to this boy. Ashley calls or texts just so I know Ian is thinking about me.

loving our fake tree. With our life changing, not good, not bad, just different Jeff and I thought, rather than get a real tree and have to take care of a live tree throughout the season we'd start a new thing and order a fake tree - for simplicity, for ease. I love it!

eating M&M peanuts and other yummy candy since I put out my three-tiered-size snowmen and polar bear Christmas bowls.

For Day 8 of my December Daily album I included a taste of my Currents for December. Because I document present participles each month of the year, what is currently happening in our/my life, it was only fitting to include it in my DD album. I kept it very simple using all Paislee Press products to tell the story. 


currently | november

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tickling my fancy is this fall weather that has pretty much hunkered in for a season. I adore fall. Sure, I love the frigid winter temperatures but - fall...the colors - gorgeous. The cooler, non-oppressive temperatures - sublime. The crisp, drier air - breathable. 

deciding what to buy myself for my birthday: this lamp for my bedroom; this cookbook (because I loved watching her show on Food Network when I watched Food Network; I love her minimalist, laid-back, gentle approach to her food and her show); a pair of Tieks in matte black, size 8.5; or maybe these stacking rings, one for each grandchild - would so love these; I love this 'S' mug.

washing my hands with Mrs. Meyer's Orange Clove hand soap and soaking in every minute of the silky smooth feel and warm cozy smell. Definitely, a new favorite. So much so that I ordered the dish soap and kitchen cleaner plus more soap to stock up.

reading a lot! I'll be sharing all the books I've been reading in my November edition of What I've Been Reading Lately on the 15th of November, but let's just say I think this is my most read month to date. So far, I've read 8 books (from 15 October to 15 November) and I still have 10 days of reading time.

watching CASTLE still! We rarely get the opportunity to sit and watch an episode so we are still on Season 7. I promised Jeff I wouldn't watch them without him and we're just busy! When I get an opportunity I've been fast forwarding through Stargate SG-1 - again. Really, I skip episodes I don't like, like skimming a well-read book.

making a couple homemade Christmas gifts. I'm pretty stoked about these brilliant, but super easy gifts. Speaking of Christmas - and making - I'm making Christmas lists. I wonder what will go on the list:)

participating in a couple on line classes with Ali Edwards, scrapbooking extraordinaire. I am in her Storytelling with December Daily and just finishing up a Hybrid class. Speaking of participating. Every year Ali Edwards does a scrapbooking project called December Daily. My plan is to participate in this project this year. I've done this in past years with varied success and approaches (2015) (2014) (2013) (2011).

rejoicing in this season of life for John and Jarrod as they both have almost, full time jobs and watching them navigate their new life and figuring out that the childhood status quo is gone and young adulthood is fully upon them. We were talking about the Journey, our church's huge Christmas production that requires over 1000 volunteers a night, and their desire to be apart of it again this year. But, they work shift work. We explained there will be seasons when work supersedes those things we want to do for doing things we can do amidst our work life. We had to remind them that both Jeff and I over the years past have missed out on Thanksgiving Day, Christmases, etc. because of work commitments. It is life.

memorizing the book of James. I abandoned this project two years ago and while my current Bible study is in the book of 2 Timothy I decided to attempt to memorize the book of James to completion. I am just in the first chapter but it's coming along fast.

documenting my 30 Days of Thankful the entire month of November. And, my plan is to document the entire month of December, too.

listening to, for the first time, books on tape - audio books, such as The Screwtape Letters, which was awesome! I followed that up with The Great Divorce - and I'm hooked. 


currently | October 2016

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putting my CURRENTS onto 6 x 12 pages and including them into our Stories 2016 album

enrolling in two classes with Ali Edwards: Storytelling with December Daily and Hybrid.

considering heavily a hand-lettering design course too.

reading some but not much; really need to get back into my reading frenzy. It makes me happy.

planning several scrapbooking projects over these last months of the year: December Daily (my partial album here; which I still need to finish) in December 2016 and a 30 Days of Thankful 2016 album in November (something similar to this); and really needing to finish a couple others.

watching CASTLE on DVD and Sherlock on NETFLIX; Blacklist will be next.

studying the book of 2 Peter, chapter by chapter and verse by verse - on my own. Because, I stopped going to class. I didn't feel comfortable. I like the class teacher as a person but not as a teacher. Her teaching is consuming the class time leaving no time for interaction. 

recuperating after Hurricane Matthew mowed down our city.

having and knowing tremendous respect for my husband with the servant heart and a work ethic that never runs dry.

making lists for Christmas - yes, already!

swimming needs to happen. I keep saying that, don't I. Yet, each Monday and Wednesday passes without a drop in the pool. I'm gonna' do it this coming week!!!!

savoring the almost fall temperatures after the storm, sleeping with the windows opened, my hurricane fan blasting, and snuggled under a blanket, albeit thin blanket.

hoping to actually create a Christmas card this year. Simple, clean design. This one is in the running. Or this. Maybe this one. And then there is this one. Simple, elegant.


Stories 2016 | Currents

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I have been pretty regularly blogging Currently's (present participles) for a couple years now. This year, so far, I haven't missed a month. I thought, hey, maybe it would be a neat idea to capture my Current blog posts onto scrapbook pages and include them in our 2016 scrapbook album. I didn't want this to be creatively difficult - or time consuming - so I decided on simply using an Ali Edwards 6 x 12 template, include the blog posts' photo and copy and pasting the present participles into the template text box - and calling it good. Some of the blog posts' photos do not have a Current month and year, so I'm including those on the photo.

Each month tells a pretty accurate picture of what is going on in my (our) life. Sometimes, they are future events that might not have happened in exactly the way I anticipated, but my thought process is there, my feelings are recorded, my hopes are written down, and the insanely good television we're watching is documented. I don't always use the same present participles to tell the story, to document what is currently going on in our life, but many are regular repeats: watching, loving, reading, hoping, wishing, needing...

I'm excited to have these in our album.


currently | September 2016

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anticipating my trip to San Antonio. Beyond excited to see and hold my newest grandson, Samuel Cole.

hoping we'll go to our favorite pizza joint in San Antonio, too. Can we? Huh? Can we?

studying 1 & 2 Peter chapter by chapter, verse by verse, with a group of ladies in a Tuesday evening Bible study. So good!

reading  and enjoying a new-to-me author, Clive Cussler and his Dirk Pitt series, Lysa Terkeurst's, UnInvited, and also, JD Robb's latest In Death book is out!!!

binging on The Gilmore Girls on Netflix. I had no idea! Seriously funny. As a fairly new avid reader and everything reading, I am intrigued by Rory Gilmore's book choices. CASTLE on DVD is still on our rotation of things to watch.

continuing my blog series 31 Days of Prayers for My Husband with prayers for my husband from his head to his feet - and everything in between. Life-changing - for me. How can that be? God is amazing!

painting the front door to our house in this color - Teal Endeavor! YES. I. AM. And, I am giddy with excitement. It will look great with the gray front steps Jeff has built and the gray front porch Jeff has BEGUN!

needing to upload an order at Persnickety Prints - again. I have tons of scrapbook pages for the Trumps and the Adkinsons, and us that need printed and the remaining photos for my new 'wall' display I'm planning.

ordering the items I will need for some homemade Christmas gifts. These will take time, so I'm starting early.

rejoicing our sons have jobs! Jarrod is working up the street at Waffle House. We love the people that work there as we visit regularly and know many of them; so we're excited Jarrod is being giving the chance. And John is working at the local Carmike Cinemas.

thankful we only had some wind and roof damage from Tropical Storm Hermine; zero flooding and only flashes of power outage.

loving the cooler (relatively speaking) and dryer air after Tropical Storm Hermine passed us by and high pressure settled in. Loving my color-organized books. Loving my in-depth study of the book of 1 & 2 Peter. Loving all the walking I've been doing. Loving that small group is back in session.

 

 

 


currently | august 2016

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walking. a 30 day walking challenge is on the books, in progress, and being charted.

studying. The Tabernacle: A Women's Heart by Beth Moore. And something I'm really excited about. I'm joining a group of ladies at Compassion Christian Church (the new name to our same church) for Women of the Word and a study of 1 & 2 Peter. Wow, I haven't been in a women's Bible study, with other women in years.

reading. A bunch! After finishing seven books in July on my stand for this month I'm planning on getting through another Harry Potter (maybe 2), another Daniel Silva - Gabriel Allon series (maybe 2), at least one (maybe 2) Christian non-fiction, a book (maybe 2) on my 2016 Reading Challenge, and at least one other selection from my growing stack of books I'd like to read. A potential for 9 books read this month.

watching. Blacklist Season 3 is out on DVD this month. We don't watch television past 9 pm for sanity reasons, for needing-sleep-to-function reasons, so we just wait until the show comes out on DVD when the next season starts. It does not matter if we're a year behind. Might need to pull out the previous seasons and watch them from the beginning in preparation. I'd like to pick up all the Blue Blood seasons, too, as another alternative and a tad bit 'lighter' genre. And then there's Madam Secretary. I left off at Season 1 and Season 2 is on NETFLIX. We are also still watching CASTLE on DVD.

catching up on scrapbooking albums. I have a folder full of photos of Tucker and Silas, and the Trumps, that I still need to make pages for their individual gifted albums. I need to figure out how I'll finish Noah's 1 year album since there are a couple months missing + what Noah did that month. Maybe, I'll just use photos I have and, words I have, and call it good. There is something to be said for calling things good. Not stressing the small stuff.

helping Elizabeth put together a 4th grade homeschool curriculum for Ella is wonderful. I miss, in-the- trenches homeschooling and this is giving me a taste of, a spark of, something I truly enjoyed for more than 5 years. So, thank you Elizabeth for allowing me to help. I never went crazy purchasing curriculum for John and Jarrod, (Read: over buy curriculum) but homeschool curriculum has my heart like office supplies - if I could hoard them I would.

beginning 31 days of praying scripture for my husband. It is for him. But, it is for me too! Time with my Lord.

cherishing my time at She Reads Truth this month as I study the book of Ruth. Beautiful devotions.

anticipating a CAT scan and ultrasound for my son for a large lump under his chin. Praying it is benign.

filling weekends with lots of activity: a double date with friends, a dinner at Jazz'd Tapas Bar with the children's ministry administrative team Jeff and I serve with at church - team building and fellowship - and delicious food!; a Boy Scout adult outdoor training campout for Jeff and the boys; The Journey build days; A breakfast date to The Breakfast Club on Tybee. Just filled up weekends.

struggling with some issues with our sons. 

listening to King of the World by Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey's Tell Your Heart to Beat Again, and Hope in Front of Me, The River by Jordan Feliz, Christ In Me by Jeremy Camp, Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson, and Trust in You by Laura Daigle.

 

 

 

 


Currently | July 2016

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Plowing through A. W. Tozer's The Crucified Life, as if lead by an hard-working aged mule. Slowly. But, effectively.

Studying A Woman's Heart by Beth Moore with John and Jarrod for our weekly Bible lessons. 

Rejoicing with Joan that she has a place of her own and she seems to be adjusting well.

Celebrating John and Jarrod's birthday this month.

Planning a painting project for my bedroom. Something similar to this, but in these colors.

Creating needs to be apart of my life again. I have an amazing Pinterest board called CREATE52. I'm heading over there and finding something to create.

Laughing hard at our church's summer dinner theater, Arsenic and Lace. Jeff, the boys and I, with the boys' friend Kirsten attended Savannah Christian Church's re-make of the 1941 classic, Arsenic and Lace. It was loads of fun. Good food, good company, good play.

Swimming needs to be apart of my life again, too.

Believing without a doubt there is but One Hope for our lost, battered, broken world. And His name is Jesus.

Waiting anxiously for a pair of lamps for our living room.

Hoping, seriously hoping, my sons get jobs soon!

Loving more pain-free days than painful days. Except for mild hip and low back pain, like a 1 on the pain level scale, for about three weeks I have been pain-free. It has been glorious! I still can't do too much but I have been able to walk without a hit of pain for much of the day. It's been sooo good.

Pinning Traveler's Notebook Inspiration, Mugs I love, and of course Project Life inspiration.

Watching Bones (just began Season 6) and Castle (we're at Season 5 - I think). We have a family pizza and a movie night this Saturday and we'll be watching the movie Allegient - the last of the Divergent series.

Scrapping albums for the Trumps, the Dentons, and the Adkinsons - all gifts. The Dentons are on a whirlwind 6-month US traveling vacation. For the Adkinsons - it's all about Tucker and Silas (1) I'll finish the year out, and (2) I'm not sure what I'm gonna' do after that now that they're having another set of twins. And the Trumps, I'm getting as many pages in for them with their adopted 5 kids - the highs and the lows - because with time they'll be more highs then lows. Regular facebook posts from all of them with journaling makes it easy to grab the photos and put pages together.

Beginning in August, I will be challenging myself for 30 days of...(I'll share in August:)